On our return we were asked to create a work about some aspect of Wellington that we had experienced. There were no other guidelines and it could be any media.
It's no secret that I generally find cities quite difficult to visit for long. The impact of such a volume of concrete and glass, people and straight lines, is quite overwhelming. I chose to depict something of this, and contrast it with the scale of a line of school-uniformed children on a school trip to Te Papa.
I drew tiny views of buildings, tramlines, windows, paving, concrete, glass, metal, etc. from the zillions of photos I had taken on the trip.
I drew them with graphite on squares of thick paper, then arranged them in a grid, with care taken to contrast and composition based on tone and line as well as subject matter, and from where (in the field of vision) the subject matter was found.
Then I punched holes in the sides of the paper, inserted metal grommets, and wired the hole thing together.
Recently I framed it up and entered a competition with it and won! a fortnight's display in a local gallery. Which was pretty neat.
|Trip to Wellington 2011. Katherine Steeds. 80cm x 60 cm. Graphite on paper with grommets and wire.|
|Trip to Wellington - detail|